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Dr. Paul Furst

Psychiatry, University of Adelaide
140 Hilltop Drive

Brief Biography:

Dr Furst is a legally qualified medical practitioner, registered in Australia as a specialist psychiatrist. He obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Adelaide University in 2002 and first worked within the mental health system in 2003. He entered psychiatry training in 2005 and was awarded the Professor Rob Barrett Prize for the best performance in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College basic training examinations South Australia. He was granted Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in March 2010 and an Advanced Training Certificate in Forensic Psychiatry in December 2011. In 2010 he was employed as a consultant psychiatrist with the South Australian Forensic Community Mental Health Service and in January 2011, took on a role as an inpatient psychiatrist at James Nash House, the statewide facility for the management of mentally unwell prisoners and patients declared liable to supervision under Part 8A of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act. He conducts a regular outpatient clinic at Yatala Labour Prison and has previously consulted at the Adelaide Remand Centre and Mobilong Prison. Dr Furst has been a member of the South Australian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists since being made a Fellow and was appointed Secretary in 2012. He is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, and is a past president of the South Australian Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry Trainees. Dr Furst has a keen interest in teaching and has provided education and supervision for psychiatry trainees, medical students, psychologist based with the Department of Corrections, staff of the South Australian Prison Health Service and South Australia Police.

Academic positions:

Dr Furst holds the title of Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry with the University of Adelaide.

Research interests:

Forensic Psychiatry, specifically regarding Malingering and Factitious Disorders, Antisocial Personality Disorder and psychopathy and the law. Medical Administration, particularly regarding service design, quality improvement and lean principles. Human rights of prisoners and the mentally disordered offender Restorative Justice

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